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post Apr 9 2007, 07:20 PM
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If I were him, I would like to spend such $$$ to those kids in developed countries who desperately need a computer for their study.

How will you put $25 M in good use?
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post May 7 2007, 06:08 AM
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Didn't mean to berate the news you shared. oLPC made prototypes available to M$ in the spirit of open source competition. Someone probably said something about M$ testing feasibility, and it got garbled into rumor that the OLPC units would run a M$ system.

Here's another article discussing the open source aspect and competition.


I think the same as you, that they may be pricing themselves above availability to the poorest of the poor nations, although my friend who volunteers for the project may have other explanations for why some countries decided against committing to using OLPC. IIRC, I remember him saying India needed to put money into immediate educational needs and not some future equipment. With that kind of thinking, they might not feel it wise to even spend $5 per unit, let alone $50 or $100 or more.

Here's another interesting article on decision-making in various countries:


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post May 7 2007, 05:59 PM
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we need them here. badly. we don't need overpowered overpriced winmacdellbooks in small numbers. we need 1 olpc per student here in the us. I'm not sure if I can convey what a difference this could make (even in simple savings vs. overpriced textbooks). I bet we won't be funded for it either---exxon will need tax relief or something.
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post May 7 2007, 10:13 PM
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QUOTE(adf @ May 8 2007, 01:59 AM)
I bet we won't be funded for it either---exxon will need tax relief or something.
It's sickening that however dire the circumstances and whatever the government, money can always be found to fund a war. Trivial things like health and education can always take a backseat when it comes to funding. Here's some food for thought:


Assuming the illegal Invasion of Iraq has cost the US Treasury 1 trillion dollars so far, that's the equivalent of about $150 for every single person in this world. Assuming children of school age makes up half the world's population, that is $300 for each of them - easily enough to pay for an OLPC plus any associated infrastructure, training etc. Assuming the US is not so benevolent in sharing this money amongst the world, assuming that half the population of the US consists of children, then 1 trillion dollars is the equivalent of over $6000 per child - plenty enough to buy a top of the range notebook or three.
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freizugheit   Oops: $25m For This   Apr 9 2007, 07:20 PM
Antikx   I'd put a Zaurus in the hands of the kids in d...   Apr 11 2007, 06:54 AM
sdjf   It won't take that much to do it..people are w...   Apr 11 2007, 07:58 AM
adf   yeah... because American schools are sooooooo bloo...   Apr 11 2007, 09:05 PM
adf   QUOTE(adf @ Apr 12 2007, 05:05 AM)yeah... bec...   Apr 11 2007, 09:09 PM
Capn_Fish   QUOTE(adf @ Apr 12 2007, 12:05 AM)yeah... bec...   Apr 12 2007, 05:07 PM
BarryW   QUOTE(adf @ Apr 11 2007, 08:05 PM)yeah... bec...   May 2 2007, 05:30 PM
adf   Actually I wouldn't know. We have some kind of...   May 3 2007, 03:41 PM
BarryW   QUOTE(adf @ May 3 2007, 02:41 PM)Actually I w...   May 3 2007, 11:24 PM
desertrat   QUOTE(sdjf @ Apr 11 2007, 03:58 PM)It won...   May 1 2007, 08:55 PM
sdjf   Yeah, their choice of website name is horribly mis...   Apr 12 2007, 02:20 AM
Da_Blitz   remeber every middle man will add a bit more to th...   May 2 2007, 12:11 AM
sdjf   QUOTE(desertrat)Those lowest of the low at M...   May 2 2007, 07:24 AM
desertrat   QUOTE(sdjf @ May 2 2007, 03:24 PM)Gates must ...   May 2 2007, 09:25 AM
Fushnchupsh   QUOTE(adf @ Apr 11 2007, 09:09 PM)QUOTE(adf ...   May 2 2007, 08:52 AM
adf   The funding presents its own problem. Every asshol...   May 2 2007, 04:14 PM
sdjf   Ah, I remember now. The beauty of the hand crank ...   May 2 2007, 09:43 AM
sdjf   The Register article was blatantly wrong. Quoting ...   May 6 2007, 12:04 AM
desertrat   QUOTE(sdjf @ May 6 2007, 08:04 AM)The Registe...   May 7 2007, 12:23 AM
sdjf   Didn't mean to berate the news you shared. oL...   May 7 2007, 06:08 AM
adf   we need them here. badly. we don't need overp...   May 7 2007, 05:59 PM
desertrat   QUOTE(adf @ May 8 2007, 01:59 AM)I bet we won...   May 7 2007, 10:13 PM

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